No. Tide exists to support small businesses so when, in March, the Chancellor announced support for SMEs in the Budget, we immediately expressed our interest in becoming an accredited lender for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). We pursued this application until the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) was announced in April. This scheme is much better suited to our members so we switched our application.
The Bounce Back Loan Scheme was a Government initiative open to all eligible small businesses. We believe it isn’t fair to discriminate against new customers so that’s why any small business owner could apply for an account with us, and if they wished, register interest in getting a Tide Bounce Back Loan.
We’ve gained some new members but in fact almost 90% of the businesses who joined our waiting list were existing rather than new members.